About Us


FRTAB’s mission is to educate individuals and raise awareness about the artistry, creation, and distinctive attributes of Bhutanese Textile Arts. It provides support for programs and activities that further these goals and seeks to promote excellence in the scholarly research, conservation, interpretation, and exhibition of Bhutanese textiles, with particular concern for the artistic, technical and cultural significance of the collections of the Royal Textile Academy (RTA).

Friends of the Royal Textile Academy of Bhutan (FRTAB) was established to foster and promote an understanding and appreciation of the Textile Arts of the Kingdom of Bhutan. This is done by providing support and making grants for the benefit of The Royal Textile Academy (RTA), which was established as a National Trust in 2005. The RTA headquarters, to be located in Thimphu, Bhutan, will consist of a state of the art museum, education center, conservation facility and community and festival areas.

The Board of Directors of FRTAB establishes the policies and objectives and oversees the activities of FRTAB.

The immediate goals of FRTAB are to support the design development and construction of the RTA headquarters. In partnership with the Royal Government of Bhutan, a site in the center of Thimphu, was dedicated to the RTA.

  • A new museum with state of the art lighting, air quality control, security systems, storage, flexible exhibition areas, weaving demonstration areas, and interactive learning stations. The celebration of the completion and opening of the Museum will be on June 5, 2013.
  • A school to teach and preserve the art of weaving.  Design, production and tailoring will also be part of the education as well as business development training.  The plans for the education center are to include training and resources to establish networks to western markets and sales centers in Bhutan to provide opportunities to women weavers to strengthen sustainable economic opportunities to support their arts and traditions.
  • A conservation center devoted to the preservation and restoration of the Royal Textile Academy’s collections as well as textiles through the Kingdom.
  • Community space consisting of an auditorium, indoor and outdoor festival areas, plazas, administrative offices, a restaurant.

Long-term goals of the RTA include support for ongoing cultural and educational programs, workshops, and study groups related to Bhutanese textile arts. FRTAB will support RTA programs, internships and fellowships that will train young Bhutanese in museum studies, conservation and preservation of textiles.

FRTAB will support special textile events and educational activities for the people of Bhutan as well as international tourists.